The technology to create believable deepfakes — computer-generated media depicting real people doing or saying things that never occurred — is already here and widely accessible.
And yet, as America moves towards its 2020 presidential election, Axios reports that not a single candidate can point to measures they’ve taken to prevent the spread of this potentially-dangerous media.
Fake news, the Momo hoax and reality shows that are anything but — in a world where it’s getting pretty difficult to tell fact from fiction, a new artificial intelligence bot might make it even harder.
OpenAI, a nonprofit backed by Elon Musk, developed a language algorithm called GPT-2. It’s also known as deep fakes for text, and you can feed it a single sentence and it’ll continue the paragraph, or write a full essay, matching your tone and using proper syntax. ThisYouTube video shows that the algorithm can even write a shockingly convincing news article.
DENVER — When Peter Cushing turned to face the camera in Rogue One, Star Wars fans were as excited as they were confused. After all, the actor had died more than 20 years earlier, and yet, there was no mistaking him.
For a major Hollywood movie, this is a clever trick. But not everyone is trying to entertain us, and you don’t need a million-dollar budget to deceive.
“You take the face of one person and put it on the body of another,” said Jeff Smith, associate director at the National Center for Media Forensics at the University of Colorado Denver.
A new form of online disinformation has some government officials uneasy about its potential effects on upcoming political campaigns and elections, but policy efforts to address it are sparse.
“Deepfakes” — videos altered with the help of AI that can make people (typically celebrities or politicians) appear to do and say things they actually did not — are not only weird, uncanny manifestations of a new era of technological progress, they’re also a national security threat, according to some.
Data Grid, a Japanese artificial intelligence (AI) development company has succeeded in creating a deep-learning AI that can create full-body images of people who do not exist.
Like the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) that leveraged massive amounts of data to create hyperrealistic faces, Data Grid’s AI not only creates entire “people,” it also gives them the ability to move.
Synthesia, a London-based developer of video synthesis technology, raised $3.1 million co-led by LDV Capital and Mark Cuban.
Why it matters: This is the company whose tech is behind a viral video in which soccer star David Beckham speaks nine different languages. As you might have guessed, David Beckham doesn’t know how to speak nine different languages, and the video is for malaria awareness, not some sort of Rosetta Stone-like product. It’s both mesmerizing and terrifying.
San Francisco (CNN Business)With the 2020 US presidential election looming, political leaders, presidential candidates and the country’s intelligence chief are worried about doctored videos being used to mislead voters.
One professor is building tools to detect faked videos of major political figures such as Donald Trump, Theresa May and Justin Trudeau, as well as the US presidential candidates.